tu ôl i’r awyr
(behind the sky)

Winner of Wales Book of the Year 2021

A pioneering début by an extraordinarily talented young writer, tu ôl i’r awyr (behind the sky) weaves together the stories and psychologies of Deian and Anest, two young adults in contemporary northwest Wales facing the traumas of mental ill health alongside the daily challenges – and joys – of school and family life. Stunningly written in a vernacular infused by dialect, textspeak, and artistic influences, Hunter captures with incisive emotional awareness the experiences of young adulthood, and its awakenings to the power of friendship, to art and music, to love and loss. Whilst the tragedies of mental illness are presented with both rawness and linguistic dexterity – repetitive, destructive phrases intruding on the writing – the book remains fluent, readable, and often funny: it offers the reader that rare and generous gift of shared language for pain so often experienced alone.

Ultimately a novel on the discovery of voice and selfhood, its breadth of ambition and influence refutes categorisation. Though the characters of Deian and Anest are masterfully drawn, the work’s true interest is revealed in what lies behind and beyond individual experience, to that which is revealed by acknowledging shared feeling and experience, by reaching out to find shelter in one another. tu ôl i’r awyr is an exceptional work from an author who having found her wings will no doubt continue to soar, and which conveys with fullness of heart our inner, unspoken lives.

Adolygiadau

  • "Y nofel orau, fwyaf pwerus i mi ei darllen ers blynyddoedd. Mae'n ysgytwol."

    Manon Steffan Ros

  • "Ysgubol, dirdynnol, gwefreiddiol [...] Mi wnaeth hi fy nharo i oddi ar fy echel ac yn syml, mae hi wedi mynd i rywle dwfn tu mewn i fy nghalon i ac mae hi wedi aros yna. Alla i ddim canmol y nofel yma ddigon a dwi’n gwbl mindblown o allu Megan a’i thalent aruthrol. Awdur cwbl, cwbl arbennig"

    Marged Tudur

  • "Mae gan yr awdur lais ffres ac mae ganddi ddawn dweud gwreiddiol sy’n ffraeth iawn ar adegau ac yn ddwys iawn dro arall – ond bob amser yn dal ein sylw. Daw’r cwbl at ei gilydd i gynnig profiad darllen pwerus a chwbl unigryw yn y Gymraeg."

    Sôn am Lyfra

Megan Angharad Hunter

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Manylion cyhoeddi:

tu ôl i’r awyr
Y Lolfa (2020)

380pp

Hawliau cyfieithu:

Garmon Gruffudd
Y Lolfa
Talybont
Ceredigion SY24 5AP
Cymru/Wales, UK

garmon@ylolfa.com
www.ylolfa.com